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Start the year strong: how the humanities can help you move from “the fierce urgency of now” to Gilgamesh

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at the civil rights march on Washington, 1963
It’s planning time for your opening days/weeks in the classroom. Experienced teachers know that Aristotle was right when he coined the slogan “well begun is half done.” President Obama also just recently reminded us how important it is to be a “good storyteller.” So let EDSITEment help you with your U.S. history, world history, and literature curriculums on both fronts in our new Back to School feature.Read More »
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How to Improve Student Research Skills

Although today’s students are often said to be “digital natives” because of their early familiarity with the Internet, recent studies by the Pew Research Center and Turnitin show that, measured by college and career standards, their research skills are at best, rudimentary, and at worst, “shallow” and seriously flawed.Read More »
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Beatrix Potter: author for the elementary set

Beatrix Potter with father and brother, 1894
“College and career readiness begins in the primary grades. With the right tools, we can build close reading skills even with our youngest readers.”—Nancy Boyles, graduate reading program coordinator for Southern Connecticut State UniversityRead More »
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Getting to "The Heart of the Matter" with EDSITEment

The humanities and social sciences are not merely elective, nor are they elite or elitist. … They are critical to our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, as described by our nation’s founders. —The Heart of the Matter ReportIt sometimes seems that the education community’s emphasis on STEM and the utilitarian case for a college education has not only left the humanities without a place at the education table but has pushed them out the door where they stand shivering in the cold!Read More »
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